Football great Jim Brown passes away at age 87
Former Cleveland Brown running Jim Brown passed away in Los Angeles at age 87.
He played fullback for the Cleveland Browns from 1957-1965 and won an NFL Championship in 1964.
He led the league in rushing eight of his nine seasons and held most major rushing records. Brown was named to the NFL's 50th, 75 & 100th Anniversary All-Time Team.
In his NFL career, he rushed for 12,312 yards.
His number 32 jersey is retired by the Browns and he was honored at the 2020 College Football Playoff National Championship as the greatest college football player of all time.
Brown made occasional visits to the Mahoning Valley to participate in the Youngstown Phantoms Golf Outing and was a personal friend of Phantoms Co-Owner Bruce Zoldan.
Brown's wife Monique Brown issued the following statement: It is with profound sadness that I announce the passing of my husband, Jim Brown. He passed away peacefully last night at our LA home. To the world he was an activist, actor, and football star. To our family, he was a loving and wonderful husband, father and grandfather. Our hearts are broken..."
Hall of Fame President Jim Porter issued the following statement, “When Jim Brown’s name was announced in a room, other Hall of Famers stood and applauded him,” said Porter. “His persona has stood the test of time – a fearless and dominant football player. Jim will always be remembered as one of pro football’s greatest individuals. Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim’s wife, Monique, and their entire family. The Hall of Fame will honor his legacy for years to come.”
Ohio Governor Mike DeWine issued the following statement: “... As a young boy, I would watch Jim play for the Cleveland Browns on TV every Sunday, and few could keep him out of the end zone. Adding to his reputation as one of the greatest players in NFL history was his notable humanitarian efforts, including advocating for civil rights, working with disadvantaged urban youth, and helping those in prison to reform and rehabilitate. Fran and I extend our sincerest condolences to Jim Brown’s family at this time.”